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How powerful can the mind be?

Most of us encounter so many events during the whole day.
Unconsciously our mind gathers data from around.. what people say,  what you see,  you hear.. There is a constant analysis automatically happening based on the data you perceive from things around you..

Power of the Mind
This wholesome set of data build what you call a judgement inside the mind..
A quick equation is made referring to the sea of information that the mind has stored through present day experiences.
You won’t even realise and you will find yourself at times defending your own subconscious judgements..
It is only when someone point it out that you will realise that it exists.
Does this happen with you too?

While it’s impossible to stop the data gathering and unconscious judgement. We can definitely train our mind to not get indulged in that too often..
Yes, you could gradually train our mind to stop storing things that make no sense.
When and how would that be possible?
That, your mind will learn to drop indulging in things that don’t matter but become a part of our life?

By constantly building our priorities in life.
Remember the phrase – Mind your own business.
Easier said than done. How do we mind our own business? With almost no control over how the mind will think next?
Is it possible to tame the mind? To alter it’s thought process?
Let’s dive in and see..
We all rest but does our mind rest?
We all sleep but unfortunately like Internet browsers we don’t have a manual option to clear the browsing history, to clear the cache .. Like the browser we move through different thoughts and more often store some data from every thought. This data stays and stays. There is no way it is erased. We never do anything for it!
We never clear our minds with these unconscious data collected..

Meditation for Wellness
When we meditate, it is very much possible to allows these thoughts to clear your subconscious mind.
As one progresses in meditation one will realise the power of it.  Meditation empowers the mind to process and keep things that matter. To learn from the good and not hold on bad for long.

One question might arise that what if the event has something really good to offer.. In that case you definitely don’t drown in Good memories either 🙂

As one learns to consciously keep the good, it adapts itself to process & keep things clear.  The right priorities happen. The unconscious indulgence stops gradually.
One then slowly learns to focus on what’s important.  Your ability to give back increases. When the garbage in the mind is removed.. YOU find clarity.. YOU find purpose and you will naturally take responsibility.. Responsibility of your own mind, body, family and society.
Choices happen instantly. You give as Good as you get.

All the issues arise at some stage in the mind and reflect on the body-behaviour aspect and soon tend to define your character for others.
The only way to reflect good is to work on the inside.. The mind! A clear mind soon takes charge of everything. It works to keep you best and does the same for things around!

We all this have one opportunity now..
The Happiness Program..
Offered by the Art of Living which Majorly helps one de-stress our body and Relaxes our mind through the world accepted Sudarshan Kriya.
This remarkable technique will help you embark on your journey to train your mind and body to relax and be better than before!

Worth a try! What say?  🙂

PS : Next Happiness Program at Andheri East is from June 22-27 at the most awesome place with two of the best teachers out there.. One can contact : 9819249805 for more details.

For Happiness programs & other activities in Mumbai  you could visit : http://www.artofliving.org/in-en/mumbai for regular updates.

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HE IS COMING to MUMBAI – JANUARY 2015!

Dedicate this poem To
H.H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar !

“My beloved is coming..
I Celebrate the Moment..”

While some wait for years and yearn for HIS glimpse..
HE walked up to me & smiled to uplift my spirit..
In HIS presence, they say worries fade away..
I though see love makes it way..

How i wish, how i desire. How i cry like a baby to want that desire.. Smilingly, gently, HE compassionately answers, wish for Big and get it answered..

How i think much insignificant i am, HE flashes a smile & realize I am much more than i See I am..

How lucky, How fortunate, How blessed I am..

HE is coming, finally & Here I am!
:))

Inviting you all, to be a part of this experience.. To make this start of the year a memory to cherish!

In the presence of my dearest Sri Sri invite you all to :

We Chant with Sri Sri : 11th Jan 2015, 6pm at Andheri Sports Complex,Andheri West,Mumbai!

Rudra Puja with Sri Sri : 12th Jan 2015, 7am at MMRDA Grounds, BKC, Bandra East…

See You with your smile and your loved ones along :))

oh yes.. Are you not excited HE is coming?

Then lets express it via Facebook and twitter too!

Tag on Twitter

@AOLMUM and @vds_maha & add hashtag #WeChantWithSriSri  #RudraPujaWithSriSri #SriSriInMumbai wherever relevant!

Tag on Facebook

“Mumbai Rudra Puja & Navratri” ( facebook.com/vds.maharashtra )

“Sri Sri in Mumbai” ( facebook.com/SriSriInMumbai )

Lets welcome Sri Sri to Mumbai and invite everyone to experience the awesomeness :))

Sri Sri in Mumbai!

Sri Sri in Mumbai!

#TrueStory – Power of Knowledge and Sadhana

Power of Knowledge and Sadhana

Power of Knowledge and Sadhana

1. Today my Long Kriya follow up teacher had a story to tell!
2.With moist eyes, she said i could have almost gone in the morning accident but i am here now!
3 When that accident happened the only thing happened -i was not fearful of death!
4.I was not worried what would happen what about xyz. I was ready to face it.
5.& Only knowledge & Sadhana has brought such inmense strength within.
6.For any reason don’t leave this path, be there. You have no idea of its potential! How it will transform you!
7.Such commitment & determination it can instill that you will be amazed & at a loss of words of gratitude!
8.How much you will get & when, is not a question. The question is of being there!! With commitment &  determination!
9. When you need it, you will get it 🙂 The knowledge, the practice will leave you wealthy with a strong mind!
10. You can’t assure that problems won’t come. But you can train your mind to learn to get out of negativity 🙂 a lifelong practice!
11. That fear psychosis & insecurity just dissolves.

 

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Getting out of the small mind – Rajshree Didi – 10-11 March 2014

Rajshree Didi ( file pic )

Rajshree Didi ( file pic )

Some excerpts of what Rajshree Didi spoke on March 10,2014

1. Like a GPS, it shows u the path.It makes u the path clear.Though there is still traffic jams & all.

2. Likewise when u r clear with ur purpose with why u are doing. When there is clarity,U move on, even though problems exists & things have not changed.

3. Many times you know its wrong yet u do it? How to stop & avert this tendency?

4. You know u like what the small mind does. Because many times your logic works, reasoning wins!

5. & with that attitude u keep moving & at times get lost in that ambition to win your small mind.

6. That is vasana, that binds you back with misery.

7. To overcome Vasana, one out of ten times, you say a no to it. Start with this.

8. You know observe the wall. If there is a crack how will the water flow?

9. It flows thru the cracks & soon there is a continuous flow & water gets directed to it.

10. Same is with the mind. Vasanas are those cracks. If you let them be, it widens & concentrates!

11. You have to fill the crack with cement.& stop the water flow at some point

12.You have to say no to those vasanas that bind you to misery.

13. Through awareness & understanding you can overcome the vasana with Purushartha – SelfEffort!

14. So KarmaYog & BhaktiYog both are there. You have to do & you have to relax

15. You have to sing & you have to surrender.

16. You have to relax & stop running around in the mind!

17. Trust in the innocence ( bhola bhaav) of the present moment..
Bholenath..thats Shiva..

18. If the creator created all this without any purpose…how will we ..the creation have any purpose!!!!!..
its just his daydream!

19. You want to know the how & the why. You just relax & Be. Be in this moment & Move with the confidence that everything is alright 🙂

20. Die every moment – that small mind that keeps hankering to misery & bondage ,
to let Life spring up & align itself with a greater cause. To not get stuck up again in misery 🙂

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SOME excerpts from meet with Rajshree Didi , March 11,2014

1. Whenever you meet Guruji,  your mind should be stable & clear without any turbulence. It should not be like he is coming & making you calm. You should be ready to learn or experience his presence.

2 . Have at least one “Guru brother, Guru friend,companion” who will be there to keep you on path.

3. Come out of & drop all patterns to be free.

4. Having anything is your choice.  Your friends, positions,food.
You choose you reap.

5 . Behind everything there is intelligence working,  there is even mismanagement.

6. It’s that intelligence which is carring us n everything . Like wood log in river flow.

Once again remember…
Our consciousness is like water & body is like log..
Its about merging with the big consciousness & getting out of our small minds!

connect to Rajshree Didi’s Facebook updates here :

Rajshree Didi (file pic )

Rajshree Didi (file pic )

https://www.facebook.com/patel.rajshree

JaiGurudev!

 

 

Q n A with Sri Sri : How to make doing Sadhana everyday, an easy habit?

Q n A with Sri Sri

Q n A with Sri Sri

 

Q : Gurudev, taking out time for Sadhana in everyday life becomes little difficult, whereas I enjoy doing Sadhana.
How to make it an easy habit?

Sri Sri:
Look, is it difficult to take out time to brush your teeth?
You need to take time out to go to the washroom, isn’t it? You bathe everyday or not? Do you run to the office after getting up from the bed? Without having breakfast, do you go?
There is time to have tea, breakfast, and gossip.
There is time to bathe for an hour, and there is time to stand in front of the mirror and comb your hair. Whoever comes home we have time to talk nonsense with them. And on top of all this, there is time for television.
But for doing Sadhana, after doing which one feels so good, how come there is no time?

I know there is a lot of running around to do in life, and it feels like there is no time, but you have to create a discipline for Sadhana. Make a commitment, ‘If I don’t do Sadhana today, I won’t have breakfast.
I don’t have the right to eat anything until I sit for 15 minutes’.
Only 15 minutes, in the morning after waking up, sit in bed. Loosen your whole body, and realize that God is your own, God is within you.
Just sit there for a few minutes.

I tell you, once in the year 1980, we went to Badrinath and Kedarnath (pilgrim spots in North India). In those days going to Badrinath and Kedarnath was very difficult.
It would take three days from Rishikesh to Badrinath.
We had to stop frequently and couldn’t travel at night. There were two Germans with us who we taught pranayama and meditation. ]
When it was evening, they would ask the driver to stop the car near any pavement.
And there on the road, by the pavement, they would spread their mats and sit in meditation.
I was surprised seeing them. Whatever condition you are in, wherever you are, you should meditate.

During my college days, if I was traveling by train, even I would also do it (my Sadhana) there itself, in the train.
But I was seeing these two Germans, they were so particular about the time. As soon as it was 6 PM they would stop the car, and sit in meditation.
What I mean to say is, we should make it a habit.
Morning or evening, at least one time – when you return home from work, wash your face and sit for 20 minutes. This much time we can definitely take out. Or wake up a little early in the morning.
If you were not able to wake up early and got late one day, then do it after returning home in evening.

When you have decided that without doing sadhana you won’t have food, then this becomes a part of your routine. Then if you miss one or two days, no problem. But don’t make missing it a habit.
There’s a very nice bhajan by Sant Kabirdas.
“Kaam na choda, krodh na choda, satyavachan kyu chod diya, Naam japan kyu chod diya”.
(You didn’t leave lust, you didn’t leave anger, then why did you leave the words of truth? Why did you stop chanting his name?)

 

Karma, Mahabharat and My duty ~ Sri Sri answers..

Sri Sri Ravishankar ji

Sri Sri Ravishankar ji

Q: Guruji, I have been told that a human soul can often take one to two million years to find liberation. Is it true that by doing Kriya and meditation every day, this liberation can be obtained even in one lifetime?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Everything works with some strange karma. You must lift your eyes and look into this realm. There is a beautiful couplet that says, ‘This world has all the wealth, all that is needed, but one who has no karma, cannot get it.’ So, whether you get something or you don’t, it all works with some strange karma. Recognition, money, power, relationship, health; everything depends on some law in creation. When good times come, your worst enemy starts helping you, and when bad times come, even your best friend behaves like an enemy. All these things happen due to some very strange karma.

An intelligent person doesn’t get caught up in all this. He still keeps putting in his effort, and keeps moving on. You do whatever is needed to put in an effort, and then you leave it. Do you know Lord Krishna went three times to stop the Mahabharata (narrative of the Kurukshetra War) war?

When someone asked Lord Krishna, ‘If you knew that the war was going to happen anyway, why did you go three times for peace negotiations? All three times your peace negotiations failed, then why did you go?’ That is a very valid question.

Lord Krishna said, ‘If I had not gone, then the question would have come that you could have done peace negotiation, why didn’t you do it?’ You have your duty towards your karma, whatever you need to do, you do it! Suppose the peace negotiation would have succeeded, then the whole Mahabharata would have finished, and the Gita would never have come! The immortal song of the Divine (Bhagavad Gita) would never have come into existence!

So, very well knowing that the Gita had to come, and the war had to happen, still Lord Krishna went for peace negotiations. This is because it is in our dharma, our nature. We should keep putting in our efforts and not get attached to the consequences or the results. This is very subtle because the mind gets sucked into maya ‘illusion’ in some form or the other.

The mind needs to be hammered into knowledge. It can easily slip out of these four pillars of knowledge, Viveka(discrimination), Vairagya (detachment), self-control, and honoring what you have (not grieving about what is not). And then, wanting liberation! So keep on hammering the knowledge back, again and again!

Suddenly, you will find it is all there, anyway. Now, when you slip, then also remember that is another level. Knowing all this, suppose you still get caught up (in maya), then don’t feel bad that you got caught up; even that is part of nature. Don’t say, ‘Oh, I did not apply knowledge!’ or ‘Either someone else is wrong, or I am wrong!’

Whether unpleasant things are happening or pleasant things are happening, I am a witness to it. And my mind is getting caught up in it, even that is a part of the happening; I am witness to that also. This is how you rise above the situation! You have to practice pranayama, meditation and knowledge for a long time. The whole life itself is a practice, and when you practice with honor, then this knowledge becomes well-founded in you.

Good News! Mumbai Navratri Utsav this year at Goregaon!

Everyone is invited to The Art of Living – Mumbai Navratri Utsav 2013 at Goregaon.

When is it :
10th – 12th October 2013

Where is it :
Vishnu Park Ground,
Bangur Nagar
Goregaon West.

Here is a invitation poster to spread the information across

Mumbai Navratri Invitation

Mumbai Navratri Invitation

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Who all can come :
ENTRY IS FREE. OPEN TO ALL. 

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What will be there this Navratri? What is the schedule of Celebrations? :

There will be Ancient Homas/ Yagyas that will be performed, Chantings, Satsangs and much more.

A) For schedule of Homas check this out  :

Schedule of Mumbai Navratri Homas 2013

Schedule of Mumbai Navratri Homas 2013

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B) Also Lalitha Sahasranaam Chantings & Satsang on 10,11,12th October 6:30pm onwards 

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Do you want to know more about the Homas? Well. Check this out!

Description of Homas and  Sankalpa Info 2013

Description of Homas and Sankalpa Info 2013

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Do you wish to take Sankalpa for any of the above Homas?

Do you wish to contribute? for Anna Daan  / Puja Samagri / Homa Prasadam / Vastra Daan / Lalitha Sahasranama

Yes?

Then call up these guys, they will help you out : 98921 76219 / 92233 13356 / 77380 56590 / 98193 11550 / 98691 95052.

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Oh! you still have questions?

never mind! Call these guys then : 9987091470,9820281050,9892787842

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Hey, Did you know there is an official page for all the amazing Poojas, Homas and ancient rituals that continue to happen in Mumbai..

Yes! and its right on Facebook : Check this link out : Facebook : Mumbai – Rudra Puja & Navratri  ( www.bit.ly/Mumbai-RudraPuja-Navratri-Page )

Yup, These guys are on twitter too! – Follow them on  : Twitter  : @aolpuja – ( www.twitter.com/aolpuja )

Oh ya, email id  : aol.vds@gmail.com

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And dont miss out on their updates : follow the Facebook page for the official updates on the ongoing activities.

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Wishing you happy festive times ahead!!

Happy Navratra!

Love & Regards,

JaiGurudeva!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Art of Living : MUMBAI NAVRATRI FESTIVAL – October 2012!

Book your dates for the Celebrative and Auspicious Navratri Festival in MUMBAI!
Art of Living Mumbai Invites you all!

16-22nd Oct.
at Sambhaji Park Near Eastern Express Highway,
Mulund East Mumbai..

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Advance Course :
16-19th Oct 2012
6am-9:30pm

To Register for Advance Course Contact on
(To apply : Need to have done One Part 1 Course)
9869374480/9769432693

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Sahaj Samadhi :
17-19th Oct 2012
5:30-7:30pm

To Register for Sahaj Samadhi Course contact on
( Open for ALL : Anybody can register)
9821576547/9920416336

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Homas ::
20th October 2012 :
Morning
8:30am   :  Sri Maha Ganapati Homam
12:30pm :  Sri Navgraha Homam

Evening
5:00pm   : Vasthu Shanti Homam
6:30pm   : Sri Chandi Devi Kalasa Sthapanam
Chandi Homa Prarambham
9:00pm   : Poornahuthi, Mangalarthi

21st October 2012 :
Morning
7:00am   : Rudrabhishekham
Shri Maha Rudra Homam
10:00am : Sri Chandi Homam
12:30pm : Poornahuthi, Mangalarthi

Evening
5:00pm   : Shri Maha Sudarshana Homam
6:30pm   : Sri Nava Chandi Homam
9:00pm   : Poornahuthi, Mangalarthi

22nd October 2012 :
Morning
7:00am  : Sri Nava Chandi Homam
Sri Chandi Navavarana Puja
Sri Durga Sapthashathi Adhyaya
Homam,Kanyaka Puja, Suvasini Puja
12:30pm : Maha Poornahuthi,Mangalarthi
Kalasha Abhishekham

Prasada Viniyogam

HERE IS A POSTER :

Navratri Schedule!

See how does the Homas help us 🙂
A brief description of the Homas happening in the Navratri festival 🙂
Do Come for ALL!

What Homas Do!

SEE YOU ALL 🙂


If you wish to help out and do some Seva :
Here is the Volunteer Form :
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?fromEmail=true&formkey=dHpyUTRIRm8wRHVHS3M1SzRINWluVHc6MQ

Have a look at the seva areas and join in 🙂

SEE YOU :))

Happy times ahead!

Love JaiGurudeva! 🙂

Swapnil 🙂

Dinesh Dada & Bawa at YES!+ session at Bengaluru ashram!

Dinesh Dada @DineshGhodke  & Bawa @khurshed at YES!+ session at Bengaluru ashram on 19th Aug 2012 :

Dinesh Dada, Bawa and Bhanu Didi

Dinesh Dada
ABC happens in AOL. Attitudinal n Behavioral Changes.
Be leaders like the honeybees.
Makes wax & honey.
Wax of knowledge & the sweetness of Love.
Honey bee is strong also.

YES!+ nurtures Leadership, helps your talents blossom & kindles seva (service) & the attitude of responsibility.

If you want to create Guru Stories in your life,rather than listening to others stories & becoming jealous, take courage zone targets.

See to it that your courage zone target is not impractical, it should be on the inner side of impossibility.

350 youth from Assam formerly involved in militancy, took the AOL Leadership Training at Ashram.

Genetically modified food, being promoted by Sharad Pawar, is destroying the flora & fauna of our country & causing disease.

Some of our politicians, have Asuri Shakti, to combat it we need to use Daivi shakti.

Guruji kehte hai, us ghode pe mat baitho jiska lagam tumhare haat me nahi hai.

@khurshed Bawa has arrived and laughters & applauses are resounding in BadriVishala

Bawa:
Confusion is good, it means at least you have choices.

Q: how does it feel to b 42.
Bawa: Exactly like being 24, minus the confusion!

Bawa:
make AOL enhance everything else you do in life.

Acid test of enlightenment is ur photo should be in the GuruParampara photo.

Q: how to improve intuition?
Bawa: By doing sadhana, seva & satsang.

Q: do I need a Guru?
Bawa: if u need the answer, you need a Guru.

Q: AOl does excellent work, but why doesn’t media talk abt it?
Bawa: Because AOL doesn’t pay them.

Q: How to deal with dominating people?
Bawa: Dominate them back, so they know whats happening.

Q: how to combat corruption?
Bawa: You stop giving bribes first. Go out & vote. Create a vote bank of good people.

Courtesy : https://twitter.com/saleelpu

Pic Reference : http://www.bawandinesh.name

Swami Vaishampayan on how Rudra Puja is Special in Shravan!

Swami Vaishampayanji on taking Sankalpa/ Fulfilling Desires/Why Rudra Puja in Shravan Month:

Swami Vaishampayan ji

Swamiji : Do you want to know the shortest way of fulfilling your desires?
The secret of Fulfilling your desires is leaving them or Offering them and forgetting it.
Puja is the place to offer it.

When u compare ur problems or desire with time & space you will find them small.
Same is done in Puja.
In Puja your consciousness is raised to The Universe and time and you are made aware of the vastness of the Universe.

You are raised to that Level & then you leave desires..
As such then you drop your desire 🙂
As on such offering, you will find yourself not holding it and with time, you will find it fulfilled.

In Sankalpa you offer your desire in the Puja when the specific Mantras are chanted.

The Secret in fulfilling desires is to Offer it & Stop holding desire in mind.

Q : Why Rudra Puja only in Month of Shravan maas

Swamiji : Why do farmers plant seeds in the monsoon?
Because they know that they will not have to put as many efforts for the crop to grow!
Nature will take care of their crops!
In the same way, when you do Rudra Puja in Shraavan Maas, the knowledge will flow on its own.It will happen naturally without you having to put the efforts.
You will absorb the knowledge on your own.
These have been tried and tested by Rishis and Munis in the past and came to the conclusion that the best time for Rudra Pujas is the Month of Shravan!!

Q : Rudra Puja mein sankalpa kyu lena chahiye?
( Why should you take sankalpa in Rudra Puja? )
Swamiji : Sankalpa lena nai.. Sankalpa ko choddna hai!
Only when you drop the wishes, they are taken care of by the divine.
Believe that HE will do only the best for you.

How will desires get fulfilled?
Swamiji : Just drop them!
And believe they are going to come true!! And they will come true!!

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